Category advertising

Why NPR-esque User Donations Aren’t Likely To Pay The Bills For Digital Publishers

A few times every year, I’ll meet someone who decries all forms of advertising, especially the digital variety. These objectors tend to concentrate their ire on the data gathering and targeting behind digital ads, but that’s not their only concern. They also find ads on their favorite apps and websites a burdensome distraction. Since I work for a […]

Why Even The Best Performing Marketing Campaigns On Facebook Falter

In addition to being perfectly content to watch reruns of my favorite TV shows (I’m looking at you, Big Bang Theory on TBS), I also can watch my favorite TV commercials again and again. For example, I love AT&T’s “Bedazzling” spot.  I laugh out loud every time I see it, which is often because it […]

How Digital Marketers Created A Broken Advertising Ecosystem

Everyone knows someone who prides himself on buying stuff on the cheap. I’ve been that guy from time to time. Three years ago, my then-five year old declared herself ready to learn to ride a bike. Not wanting to drop hundreds on a bike she’d out-grow in a year, I bought the cheapest model that would […]

This Device Quietly Outnumbers Smartphones And Attracts More Ad Dollars, And Yet The Mobile Economy Must Avoid Its Fate.

Today, the world’s population enjoys nearly universal access to a particular device that drives massive levels of engagement and commerce. Let’s see if you can guess what it is. As of 2011, on average there were 2.2 of these devices per capita in the industrialized world. Worldwide, 4 billion of these existed as of 2011, meaning […]

A Simple Way To Get Better Creative

Think for a moment about the best TV ad you’ve ever seen. (In a nod to the season, here’s mine.) Now ask yourself: how did that happen? It probably didn’t come as a result of a creative genius at an agency or the inspired vision of a hard-driving CMO. Instead, it probably was a result of someone […]

Why Native Advertising Will Become The Most Dominant Format In Mobile Marketing

I’m a fan of “Mike and Mike,” a morning radio program on ESPN. It stars veteran sports journalist Mike Greenberg and former NFL star Mike Golic. The two form a knowledgeable and laugh-out-loud-funny odd couple, pairing Greenberg’s fastidiousness with Golic’s rough-edged masculinity, the kind you’ll find in the men who turn up in Budweiser and Miller beer commercials. […]

Managing The ROI Of Your Mobile App

Eighteen years ago, I was working the toughest job I’ve ever had. I was a new and used car salesman. Having grown up in a suburb of Detroit to a father who worked for General Motors for 31 years, cars are in my blood. Back then, I aspired to open a Saturn car dealership. The […]